Mary Louise Curtis

Location 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number 215-320-2601
The exterior of Settlement's Mary Louise Curtis Branch
Location 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number 215-320-2601
Welcome to the Mary Louise Curtis Branch

Our Mary Louise Curtis (MLC) branch is the oldest and largest branch of Settlement Music School. Before the School expanded beyond its Settlement House roots to multiple branches in the ‘40s and ‘50s, MLC was the first and only branch of Settlement Music School. More than 50% of MLC’s current student body is of Asian descent, which is representative of several of the neighboring communities in South Philadelphia.  

Each year, MLC hosts 65+ student performances, 150+ meetings and workshops, 120+ community partner events and 15 artist master classes. It is also home to our award-winning Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program.

Branch Hours: 
Monday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meet the
Branch Staff

At the heart of our programming is our highly credentialed and dedicated staff and faculty. They bring years of professional experience to Settlement and strive to provide each student with exceptional training and support.

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Jessica McGrath, Mary Louise Curtis Branch Director
Jessica McGrath

Branch Director

Ryan Shello

Branch Manager

Matthew Eaton

Branch Coordinator

Anganetta Singleton

Office Manager

Keyanna Wigglesworth

Student Services Associate

Kristen Gillis

Student Services Assistant

Autumn Goldman

Student Services Assistant

Monica Edmunds

Student Services Assistant

Dave Brotnitsky


Larry Stanback


Leo Thompson


Malika Savage


“Settlement Music School is a place of growth. A place where strangers become friends. A place to learn and have new experiences. A great place for community building and making real connections. I like to think of the doors to our branch as the great equalizer. When students enter the building, the roadblocks which society put in their way, such as financial circumstances, are removed, and no matter what neighborhood they travel from to get here, they all have an equal opportunity to learn and grow, not just as musicians, but as people.” Kris Rudzinski, Branch Director